An Early Christian Church Discovered in Rome

Earlier this week, a Facebook acquaintance—Christopher Rollston (Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University)—who’s a professor of Semitic languages and literature at The George Washington University had posted an article by Smithsonian Magazine that an early Christian may have been found in Rome. For you readers of my column here, you know that I salivate at all things early Christian, so I was very amused to read about this. What’s even more amusing to me about this discovery is that electricians were laying cables near the Tiber River when this was found. Obviously, their work came to a halt so that the building could be examined. It consists of four rooms that date from the first to the fourth century. This may seem like a rather broad timeline, but I would assume that as it’s further examined, we’ll know more.

In fairness, experts think it could be a church, but they aren’t entirely certain that it is, so I proceed with caution. What leads to this conclusion is that it is accompanied by a mausoleum in which are several tombs, and churches were often attached to such edifices. I’ve elsewhere written about the earliest discovered house church so I would invite you to read about it here. I also point you to the original article from Smithsonian Magazine here. Happy reading!

Steven Hunter (PhD, Faulkner University) is the preaching minister for the Glendale Road Church of Christ in Murray, KY. He's also authored several books for Start2Finish, and Classically Christian explores Christianity from a church-historical perspective. Steven enjoys reading books, drinking coffee, and is a practitioner of Goshin Ryu Jujutsu—a traditional Japanese martial art.